Old roll of film viability

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So I found a roll of undeveloped film. Based on when we last owned a film camera, I would say the age is 15 years. Does anyone know the chances of any usable pictures coming from that film? I'm not convinced it contains anything too important, but I'm a bit curious.
 

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thedarkroom.com in California. I've sent them 25 rolls of film that have been in my refrigerator since the mid 80's-early 90's. They do a great job. This one is from about 1987 or 32 years ago, and is exactly as they scanned and sent it to me, just reduced in size for the web. It was developed in March if memory serves.

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A couple more of the same general vintage, but processed as JPEGs:

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There have been a few with some color shift, magenta in a corner is the most common, sometimes a strips down the middle. I've been able to save all but a few with digital processing.

Prices are $12/roll plus return shipping. You get an immediate digital upload, a disc, and your negatives back. Have them send you a postage paid envelope. I send 3 rolls at a time to save on return shipping.
 

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So I found a roll of undeveloped film. Based on when we last owned a film camera, I would say the age is 15 years. Does anyone know the chances of any usable pictures coming from that film? I'm not convinced it contains anything too important, but I'm a bit curious.
The curiosity has been the best part, along with the end result. I am down to three rolls left and really don't want it to end! I came very close to just chucking it all out several times thinking it was ruined. Had I done these memories would've been gone forever. My eldest, from '87 or '88.

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So I found a roll of undeveloped film. Based on when we last owned a film camera, I would say the age is 15 years. Does anyone know the chances of any usable pictures coming from that film? I'm not convinced it contains anything too important, but I'm a bit curious.
You might be suprised at what you can recover off that roll -- especially if it hasn't been exposed to too much dampness/heat -- these guys are specialists in processing expired film: Film Rescue International ® | Revealers Of Lost And Found Treasures

This page lists different film types and how they may expect to turn out: Quality | Film Rescue International ®

BTW, I generally use Photo Lab Film Developing | Develop Film by Mail for $12 - The Darkroom as well for processing and have been quite happy, but I have some super-8 film I need to send the film rescue guys -- thanks for the reminder!
 
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You might be suprised at what you can recover off that roll -- especially if it hasn't been exposed to too much dampness/heat --
That's the key. Not sure how I knew to do that 30+ years ago, but I put them in a ziplock to keep out moisture and put them in the refrigerator. Looking at the end result I feel that film could've been 50 years old and still processed ok.
 
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That's the key. Not sure how I knew to do that 30+ years ago, but I put them in a ziplock to keep out moisture and put them in the refrigerator. Looking at the end result I feel that film could've been 50 years old and still processed ok.
I have a roll that's 50 years old. I might try to see if it can be rescued. I just saw it in a drawer -- didn't realize I still had it.
 
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I have a roll that's 50 years old. I might try to see if it can be rescued. I just saw it in a drawer -- didn't realize I still had it.
In addition to the super-8 reel, which is from family, I have 5 or 6 rolls of mystery film that came in thriftshop cameras that I'm going to donate to these similarly-named-don't-confuse-the-two guys: https://www.rescuedfilm.com -- they'll process for free and return some low-res scans, but the caveat is they retain ownership. A fair deal, I reckon.
 

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I have a roll that's 50 years old. I might try to see if it can be rescued. I just saw it in a drawer -- didn't realize I still had it.
Darkroom boasts they've recovered 50 year old film as well. One thing about their service, if there's even one picture on the roll you pay full price, but if there aren't any they issue a credit for another roll.

ex machina's freebie place is tough to beat though, unless you think there may be something on the roll for which you want to retain ownership.
 
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So I found a roll of undeveloped film. Based on when we last owned a film camera, I would say the age is 15 years. Does anyone know the chances of any usable pictures coming from that film? I'm not convinced it contains anything too important, but I'm a bit curious.
We found 3 rolls of film - two 120 (one B&W, one color), one B&W 35mm. I used a company called Holland Photo out of Austin, TX upon recommendation from a friend. These rolls were at least 25 years old. When Holland recv'd them, they found both the 120 rolls water damaged with nothing printable; they charged very little for the processing attempts. The 35mm film was fine; they scanned the negs (75MB HQ) and posted them online for me to download. Didn't need for them to waste effort on the printing or return of the negatives. I dropped the scans into Exposure X4 and tweaked a bit. Nice to have some shots of my wife and kids from 30+ years ago unlike other shots that ended up in various (sleeved) photo albums.
 
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